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Planning Storytelling Projects

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1.  Understand & detail your project goals.

 

2.  Understand your community context (see mapping).

 

3.  Think about what storytelling can do for your community, your project:

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

An example from Biddeford, Maine during their Storytelling Planning Workshop:

 

 

 

4. Match community context to your project goals & storytelling uses:

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Look at the Process:

 

   

 

 

Plan Storytelling Waves, remembering to think about scale and timeframe as well as your community's capacity for such a project:

 

  

 

  •  What kind of soft launch will draw people to the project?  Will you invite people you hope to enlist as faciltators/story catchers later on? Will the soft launch focus on the first two circles of the map but be inclusive of all---having the high school students showcase their digital stories?

 

  •  Can you plan some small forays out into the communities less likely to participate?  Some kind of theme-based storytelling? Neighborhood get-togethers to explain the project and tell stories in small groups?  Informal-group-based storytelling? Some photo exhibits places around town?  Contests--team story quests about the town?  Story-trivia night with prizes?  Showings of student stories on local radio/television? 

 

  •  Do you have other ideas for non-verbal storytelling that might appeal to this community?  Murals? Paintings?  Photo exhibits--now-and-then-and-in-the-future?

 

 

5. Think about--

 

STORY GATHERING: Impact of Process Decisions on Heart & Soul Goals

 

 

Project Goal 1

  Project Goal 2

   Project Goal 3

Will We Focus on Stories &/or Storytelling?

Why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whose Stories Need Telling & Why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Edits & Catches? Why?

Teller?

Interviewer?

Group?

 

 

 

 

 

Questions to Elicit

Good Stories

About H & S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Choices

No Tech

Lo-Tech

Hi-Tech

 

 

 

 

 

Local Capacity &

Training Needed for Story Gathering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story Sharing & Story Use Impact of Sharing & Story Use on Project Goals

 

 

Project Goal 1

 

 

  Project Goal 2

   Project Goal 3

Where will the stories be shared? With whom? When?

Why?

 

 

 

 

 

How?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How will the values be harvested from the stories?

 

 

 

 

 

How will the stories be used beyond sharing?

 

 

 

Local Capacity &

Training Needed for Story Sharing, Value Harvesting & Story Use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessing the Effectiveness of the Storytelling

 

 

 

 

Project Goal 1

 

 

  Project Goal 2

   Project Goal 3

What will be assessed? Why?

(How will the stories be used in the H & S Planning Process?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who will do the assessment?

 

 

 

 

 

 

When in the process?

 

 

 

 

 

How? What mechanisms will be used?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How will you know success when you see it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Capacity &

Training Needed for Story Assessment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An excellent resource on planning a storytelling project is the online (free) book, Working with Stories.

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